Actor Anupam Kher, in the city for a book launch, responded on a range of issues that he feels strongly about. Nationalism, or its lack thereof, PM Narendra Modi and Pakistani artistes — no topic was out of bounds as Kher spoke to the media at the Press Club in Chandigarh.
WHAT THE NATION SHOULD KNOW
“Today’s generation needs to know how great our country is. It is only through books like Two Great Masters that the younger generation can know about our forefathers and how immense their contribution has been,” he said.
Kher feels strongly about meditation and yoga. Interestingly, Kher has lent his voice to a docu-drama based on the life of Paramahansa Yogananda, regarded as the Father of Yoga in the West.
PARENTS SHOULDN’T HESITATE
The actor, who has himself authored a book titled The Best Thing About You is You!, also feels that parents shouldn’t hesitate in talking to their kids about everything that they have done for them.
“Parents must believe that they can actually beat their children in intellect. After all, rishte mein hum unke baap (ya maa) hain.”
ON BAN ON PAKISTANI ARTISTES
“While I believe that a ban may not be the right method, I strongly believe that art and culture has no boundaries, only when there are no deaths involved,” Kher said.
“We need to think of the jawan at the border,” adds Kher, who was greatly influenced by Lal Bahadur Shastri as leader.
NO POLITICAL ASPIRATIONS
“I am not a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) nor do I have any political ambitions or affiliations,” the veteran actor said.
OVERDOSE OF NATIONALISM?
Kher is patriotic and is unapologetic about it. On being questioned about terms such as nationalism, ultra-nationalism and intellectualism getting a controversial tinge in today’s day and age, especially in light of the Uri attack and the surgical strikes, he says, “I’d rather be a pseudo-nationalist, than a pseudo-intellectual.
ASKING FOR SURGICAL STRIKES’S PROOF IS RIDICULOUS
“Sometimes, especially when silence is misconstrued as a sign of weakness, it becomes important to speak up,” he said, adding that the idea of asking for proof of the surgical strikes is ridiculous.